Have you dreamed of an Olympic National Park elopement on a remote beach filled with towering pines and misty stretches of sand? Look no further than Kalaloch Beach. Mad and Chris traveled in their adventure van all the way from Michigan to elope on this iconic coastline. They knew they didn’t want a traditional wedding and an elopement on the Washington coast was the perfect fit!
Meet Mad & Chris, the stars of this Olympic National Park Elopement
Mad and Chris are both art professors at the same college where they met and fell in love. The past year or so, they have been lovingly building out a camper van with a big adventure in mind. They got in touch with me about a month before their elopement date and explained that their van was complete and they were driving across the United States to come and get married on the Washington coast. As an artist myself and owner of a DIY camper van, I knew we were going to hit it off right away!
Mad & Chris’s Kalaloch Beach Elopement
Mad and Chris’s beach elopement started off at the Kalaloch Campground. The couple chose to have a super small and intimate wedding day with just their parents and officiant in attendance. We started off with a stroll down the beach until Mad and Chris found just the right spot to say “I do”. The beauty of elopements is that you aren’t restricted by location. There’s often a lot of freedom when choosing a ceremony spot!
After the final kiss and a few tears, the couple broke out the champagne. They passed it out in mini camp mugs for everyone to toast with. We took some portraits with their parents, then took off just the three of us. Mad and Chris were especially excited to take a short hike in the nearby forest. The trees absolutely tower above you on the Olympic Peninsula. Mad and Chris were in awe as we walked amongst the mossy giants and even got to watch a river otter at play.
When we returned to the beach for sunset, they gathered up a local beer and a cozy blanket. The sun decided to dip behind the clouds a little early, but the fog and mist rolling in and out of the far rocks and cliffs created quite the mood. The newlyweds enjoyed their beer and cozied up watching the waves crash along the shore.
For more Olympic National Park elopement inspiration, check out this 2-day intimate wedding on Hurricane Ridge. This elopement was also featured on Wandering Weddings!
Photographer: Amy Galbraith (me!)
Location: Kalaloch Beach
Makeup: Liz Kellerman
Florals: Tin Can Floral
Camp Mugs: Swain’s General Store
Olympic National Park Elopement Photographer in Port Angeles
Hey there, that’s me! If you’re planning an elopement in Olympic National Park, I’d love to help you out. I especially love helping couples find the perfect location to elope, whether it’s on a 16 mile backpacking trip or a 2 mile hike with epic views.
HIKING ELOPEMENT PACKAGES INCLUDE:
- At least 4 hours of coverage documenting your epic wedding day – that’s what the Mad and Chris booked, but you can always add more for longer adventures!
- Elopement planning assistance – This includes location suggestions, timeline planning, lodging and activity ideas, vendor recommendations, and permit guidance.
- Either a wooden box of archival prints or a wedding album
- High-resolution digital files delivered within 2-6 weeks with personal printing rights
- 10-15 previews from your elopement day delivered within 48 hours
- An online gallery for easy sharing and downloading
- Travel to anywhere within Olympic National Park
Starting at $3000
Learn more about my hiking elopement packages and pricing on my website.